Clerodendrum lanceolatum Gürke
Clerodendrum simile H.Pearson
Clerodendrum transvaalense B.Thomas
Clerodendrum wilmsii Gürke
Clerodendrum ternatum is a perennial plant with more or less woody stems growing from 15 - 100cm tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, S. Africa.
A plant of drier places in the tropics and subtropics, where it can be found at elevations from 90 - 1,500 metres[
Succeeds in full sun or partial shade[
]. Grows best in a moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil[
The leaves have an unpleasant aroma[
Flowers are produced on the current seasons growth and so, to encourage flowering, any pruning is best carried out when the plant is dormant[
The roots are diuretic[
]. A decoction is used to treat problems related to urinating[
The freshly grated root is rubbed into incisions in the skin around affected areas as a treatment for leg ailments[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Germination can be erratic but usually takes place within 20 - 60 days at 20°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Root cuttings, 6 - 8cm long usually grow away well[
Division of suckers in the dormant season. Very easy, they can be planted out direct into their permanent positions if required.
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